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Marla E. Bugbee

Marla E.  Bugbee Marla Eileen Pendergraft Bugbee was born May 26, 1920, in rural Emporia, KS and died February 20, 2017. Her parents were Clarence Pendergraft and Elsie Pohl Pendergraft. She attended Cottonwood School, graduated from Emporia High School in 1938 and attended Kansas State College, Manhattan. She received her teachers’ certificate from Emporia State Teachers College and taught in one-room country schools.

In 1942 Marla married William E. “Bill” Bugbee; they resided and farmed south of Emporia on his “home place” for 57 years. To this union 3 children were born: Linda Eileen, Karen Sue and Rex Eugene. They attended Sardis Congregational Church and were active in Chamness 4-H Club and Flint Hills Saddle Club.

Marla was active in Cottonwood 4-H Club; she chose to live in Clovia House while at K-State and she continued her 4-H involvement as a 30 year leader. She was a professional seamstress, a small business owner, and a recorder for Emporia Livestock Sales. She was a member of Prairie Hens EDU and Flint Hills Sewing Guild.

After the passing of Bill, Marla moved to Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Manhattan, where she continued traveling, playing games, and serving on various boards.

She is survived by her brother, Roger (Doris) Pendergraft, Wichita; sisters-in-law, Martha Bugbee, Emporia, and Loretta Pendergraft, Wichita. She is also survived by her children, Linda Cline (Pat) Burton, Windsor, CO; Karen (John) Armbrust, Manhattan; and Rex (Teri) Bugbee, Medicine Lodge. There are 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren plus many family members.

The visitation will be at 5:30 to 7:00 Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Meadowlark Hills.

Memorial services will be Friday February24th at 9:30 a.m. also at Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan.

Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery, 1300 Road J, Emporia, with a Celebration of Life following at the Sardis Church.

Suggested memorials to the Bugbee Scholarship for Lyon County 4-H Alumni or the Meadowlark Good Samaritan Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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